The Arizona Department of Liquor Licenses and Control issued a $750 fine to a popular North Fourth Avenue eatery last month for serving beer to two undercover teens. 

An inspector investigated a complaint from another bar about Bison Witches Bar & Deli, 326 N. Fourth Ave, in December. Two 17-year-olds working with the inspector were served beer, but the waitress did not ask for ID, according to the inspector’s report. 

“It’s just a part of business,” said Thomas Partridge, owner of Bison Witches, about the December incident. “We don’t like it to happen, but it happens.”

The restaurant also was fined in 2009 for selling to someone underage.

The liquor department fined two other campus-area businesses last month:

  • At Metro Wildcat, 501 N. Park Ave., a clerk did not ask for ID when he sold beer to an undercover teen working with an inspector in September, according to an inspector’s report. The clerk denied the transaction and then later said he failed to check the ID because it was busy in the store. The market paid a $750 fine. 
  • Aussie Cantina, 1118 E. Sixth St., paid a $375 fine after a waitress did not ask for ID before she served beer to two undercover teens in November, according to an inspector’s report. 

Brittny Mejia is a University of Arizona journalism student who is an apprentice at the Star. Contact her at